To me, there isn’t a prettier time of year than early spring when all the trees are in bloom. It seems as though everything that was recently bare has kicked the covers off and is screaming, “Look at me!”
As we are quickly moving towards Mother’s Day, it is also the best time of year in the northeast portion of the US for bird watching, as all of the migratory species are moving through while wearing their spring finest colors. (Mating season!) One of my earliest journals is a small leather journal embossed with “Biff’s Bird Book” on the front and I think I’ve had it since around 1991. I can remember coming home from each birding excursion to eagerly enter my sightings for the day. I’d keep a “life list” in the back of the book, an on-going inventory of all the different birds I’ve ever seen.
Ironically, one of my most amazing bird sightings came not from any hike in the woods, but while standing on my porch this past November as I was treated to the (extremely) rare occurrence of a pair of mature bald eagles flying over my neighbor’s house. Standing there in total amazement, you could have knocked me over with a feather, (pun intended) as the opportunity to see such a majestic creature in all its glory was beyond words…
It’s been quite a while since I’ve taken a bird walk and while it is still fresh in my mind, I think I will dust off my binoculars and pull out my trusty Peterson’s Field Guide and see what new birds I can add to my life list over the next few weeks.
To learn about birding excursions in your area, visit the Audubon Society website to find your local chapter.
11/29/09 One of a pair of mature bald eagles flying over my neighbor’s house.